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X Alfonso a Millennial at heart
by Margaret Atkins

For X Alfonso, art is as natural as life itself. He was born in Havana on September 13, 1972 into a family founded by Carlos Alfonso and Ele Valdes, the creators and leaders of the legendary band Síntesis. Between the influences of the family environment and his own talent, X Alfonso’s life has always revolved [read full story]

The future in our reach
by Victoria Alcalá

Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba made the word “entrepreneur” fashionable, especially when referring to the young, although restricting the meaning to the private sector of our economy. The Real Academia Española defines the adjective as “someone resolutely taking difficult or hazardous action.” Merriam- Webster’s Dictionary is on the same track with its [read full story]

We’ll always have the malecón
by Eloy Castillo

During the long, suffocating, dark days of the Special Period, there were basically just three things to do in Havana in the evenings: drink that bitter sparkling wine that didn’t even come in a bottle, go with a couple of buddies to cool off in view of the sea by sitting on the Malecó [read full story]

Verano in Old Havana
by Victoria Alcalá

Planning ahead doesn’t seem to be very high on the list of virtues for Cubans, even though they do have quite a few. That’s why we go out into the neighborhood at dawn looking for a fuse to replace one that has just blown in our home, for a thermometer if it looks [read full story]

Beach party
by LOU

The University of Havana has developed a custom that has nothing to do with academic matters—in fact, it couldn’t be more different. This new “extra-curricular” activity, which rapidly gained in popularity, began on the last day of the European Football Cup. A group of fun-loving college students decided to organize a beach party [read full story]

Cuba’s best beach
by Juliet Barclay

“Urban travel sophisticates may try and persuade you that to find the real authentic Cuba, you need to get away from the beach. While this may be true, you will be missing out on crystal-clear waters, fine golden sand whether in a virgin backwater in Isla de la Juventud or in mecca-to-decadent tourism in an [read full story]

Summer days!
by Nicolás de Camors

After the first summer season blast, we begin to dream about water, whether in pools, rivers or ponds. But as a rule, what comes to mind is the beach. Then we have to make the decision about whether we are going to rent a cabin, a house or an air-conditioned room in a hotel. It [read full story]

Live like a cuban
by Jauretsi

Greetings fellow traveler. We’d like to pose a mission of sorts for your next vacation to Cuba. Call it a challenge, call it an opportunity, or call it a riddle. Whatever you’d prefer. All you need is a sense of adventure and wide open eyes to navigate the terrain. Ok. Let’s get [read full story]

Culture in the Revolution
by Victoria Alcalá

“What is the highest milestone of culture within the Cuban Revolution” is a question posed by many academics or simple visitors to the Island. Eschewing a long enumeration, the person who is asked prefers to go to the root, and answers that it is the Literacy Campaign. However, this is a much too simplistic resource, [read full story]

Cuban TV in U.S. Airwaves

DISH, the Colorado-based provider with 13.9 million TV subscribers announced the launch of a new channel called CUBAMAX TV. Devoid of any political or news shows, the entertainment programming created in Cuba will feature films, environment-related documentaries, comedies, kid’s shows, music videos, police dramas and telenovelas. The channel’s operations will be in Miami, where [read full story]